Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Wide aperture Help
DMC-FX78:f/2.5
DMC-FX700:f/2.2
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
6,400 ISO
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Zoom Poor zoom Help
5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$215 - $300

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$345 - $348

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Compact

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX30

Ultra compact

Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$327 - $400

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$219 - $399

Zoom Has much more zoom
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$160 - $250

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen size Smaller screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$329 - $350

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-WX10

Sony Cybershot WX10

Compact

3D Takes 3D photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Screen size Much smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

Travel zoom

$125 - $130

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen size Much smaller screen
Aperture Narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Compact

Size Smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner
Aperture Narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Pro digicam

$138

Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$508 body only

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$160 - $175

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

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discussion

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